Remember when this season was going perfectly? We were comfortably in 2nd place, within a game of jumping ahead of Real Madrid and a few points clear of Barca. We were in the Champions League Round of 16 with a seemingly perfect draw. Samir Nasri was the signing of the season. Jorge Sampaoli was not only being linked with the Barca job, but was the envy of every big club who was frustrated with their manager (I’m looking at you, Premier League fans). Those were the good times.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve managed to completely drop out of the title race, falling all the way into 4th after Atleti’s win yesterday. We got bounced out of the Champions League because we can’t figure out how to score a penalty to save our lives. Sampaoli is no longer the darling of Europe, and some of us are starting to see some of his faults (while Argentina plans to swoop in for him). Nasri has demonstrated every negative characteristic ever associated with him. Mercado, Jovetic and Rami all managed to get injured over the international break, despite the latter two not even playing. Oh yeah, and Monchi left. FUCK.
So now we face a Sporting team that we have to beat. There’s plenty of excuses in the previous paragraph, but we really need some positive news right now. Given that, I’m thinking we go with a Kranevitter-Ganso midfield with Vietto starting up top (kidding… Don’t get any ideas, Jorge). Can we get Mudo back on the field please? Correa has earned a start in my opinion. Here’s the 18.